Laughing without fear of the future

Heads up that this post isn’t about Nahum – though the cover photo might suggest that :p

Not too long ago I wrote about trust and how I want to be a more chilled out person and not worried about the future.

Well I’m still not there yet… not that I was expecting a transformation overnight or anything.

This year has been a really good year for me. So many great things have happened and I am so thankful for them. But when things are going well, I tend to overthink and worry that surely something bad is on the way. In choosing trust over anxiety I talk about not accepting the bad things in life… well now I’m struggling to accept the good! Ha. Life being the queen of overthinking! Now I am determined to break this cycle of thinking because I don’t want it to ruin the good times.

I was telling Sam (the king of living in the moment) about these thoughts a few weeks ago and he gave me some advice that I found useful. I tried to write it all down the next day so that I wouldn’t forget it.

One of the things he said was, “I’m a Matthew 6 kinda guy”, and talked about verse 33 that says,”‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”. As long as we are seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness, we will be provided with the necessities of life. As long as we have those, we’ll be fine whether we’re going through a good time or a bad time. And it’s okay to be just fine.

I had a memory this morning from when I was about 11. I was sitting in our friend’s boat and we were going down the river in our town. It was the beginning of the school holidays and I remember just feeling so peaceful and happy thinking that I was with my best friend, on the boat and I still had the whole holidays ahead of me to enjoy. There was no freaking out that surely things can’t be this good and everything was bound to fall apart sooner or later, instead I sat and soaked up the good moment.

When you give a child something, you want them to enjoy it. Imagine if you gave a child a new toy and they said, “No I don’t deserve this. I just can’t enjoy it. I bet something bad is going to happen to me now to even out this good thing”. It’s just not a logical way to think.

It is the same with God, when He gives us good things in life, He wants us to be thankful, make the most of them and enjoy them. In Ecclesiastes 7:14 it says, “In the day of prosperity be joyful”. I don’t think it could be any clearer than that.

Recently I came across this verse. I’ve read over it so many times before but it stood out to me a lot more this time.

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…” ~ Colossians 3:15

I need to stop letting fear rule my heart and instead let it be ruled by the peace of God.

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